With the advent of glasnost
and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, films with Cold War themes seem a bit out of style. It is simply a case of bad timing for filmmakers, a notable case being John McTiernan, whose ridiculously paranoid THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER feels like a relic of the 50s.
Its politics are dated, but more importantly, its thrills are few. Just as dated, but much more thrilling, is John Frankenheimer's Cold War drama THE FOURTH WAR, an effective, tightly constructed thriller that packs an emotional punch in the end, when even its politics are compelling.
Roy Scheider plays Col. Jack Knowles, a born soldier and embittered Vietnam veteran who ...